Isaiah 52: 7-9
7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.
9 Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
It’s no wonder opening up my score to join in singing “The Messiah” with The Good Tidings Benefit Choir under the direction of Aubrey Woods gave me goose bumps! The soprano solo voice for this portion of “The Messiah” tells the message that peace has come! Good News and Salvation! Your God Reigns! Good Tidings of Joy! Eyes will behold this King of Glory! Witness with your ears the words and works of Our God.
For several years I sang with this choral group. Did I know what I was getting into? Not really, not until AFTER I had participated did understand what had been accomplished. Yes, my simple, alto voice conquered difficult rhythms and passages. I was proud of that. But even more important than that, I discovered just how much our singing touched people. The same Sherry Cindric (for whom we pray on our weekly prayer list because she is fighting pancreatic cancer) called me out of the blue one day (way before her diagnosis) tearfully reminiscing how much she loved being invited Christmas Season after Christmas Season to attend our performances. (Here I thought perhaps she and her husband attended our l-o-n-g production out of ‘friendship compliance – loyalty to me – obligation!’) No way! Sherry told me how meaningful it was to her to hear once again the reminder of our Heavenly King and how He has redeemed us! She looked forward to the exultation, lifting up our voices in praise of God for this glorious triumph of God’s return.
We were spreading God’s message! We were spreading God’s love!
Dear Heavenly Father, your love is unlike any other love I have ever known. Help me to remember that You are omnipotent, all-powerful, almighty and supreme. May we have eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to understand that when you reign, so does peace and salvation. Amen.